Kira Roark

When not writing for Books for Better Living, KIRA ROARK is practicing yoga, meditating, reading, and going on relaxed runs on the creek trail down the street. Or ... watching Real Housewives and lazing by the pool. (Life is all about balance, right?) She lives in "the city house zoo" - a highrise apartment in downtown Denver she shares with her husband, stepdaughter, dog, cat, tortoise + two fish. You can reach her at

Articles by Kira Roark

11 Types of Seafood That Are Good For You (and the Planet)

Adding omega-3s to our diet to improve health is more popular than ever. But are we harming our oceans in the process?

If you care about human health and the health of the planet, you need to get informed about omega-3s. You probably know that omega-3 fish oil supplements are recommended for preventing and managing heart disease and inflammation in the body. As Paul Greenberg, author of The Omega Principle points out: omega-3s are now the most […]

10 Ways to Avoid Sickness and Overcome Jet Lag While Traveling

Want to stay happy and healthy during your next excursion? Follow these 10 simple tips for keeping your circadian rhythm (your natural body clock) in sync.

There are three core rhythms in your circadian code — sleep, timing of food, and activity. It’s all about following natural daylight and nighttime rhythms. We are not that resilient when those rhythms are disrupted. Our bodies just can’t take it. Changes in your circadian code make you vulnerable to a number of physical disorders […]

The Best Wellness Books of June 2018

Take a peek at our list of this month's must-read wellness books.

Summer is the fire season — an energetic time when the days are long and the nights are short. Summer symbolizes freedom and growth, an outward focus in the world. It’s a time to go on adventures. But be sure to find balance — it’s easy to overextend ourselves in the pursuit of fun. While […]

The 7 Deadly Signs of a Cheater

Learn how to spot the good guys and weed out the bad boys with these empowering and practical tips from The 30-Day Love Detox.

Has a man ever cheated on you? In her book The 30-Day Love Detox, Dr. Wendy Walsh cites studies that show that over 60% of married men are unfaithful at some point, so odds are it’s likely you have. Maybe you knew your man was a cheater but thought he’d be different with you. Perhaps […]

What’s Your Skincare Psyche?

Discover the Japanese ritual of glowing and create a new skincare ritual that’s perfect for you.

Chances are, your skin care is aggressive. In the West, we scrub, peel, and sandblast our skin, as if we can somehow scrape away the years. Let’s stop doing that. Instead, let’s create simple skin care rituals that honor our age and help us glow from the inside out. Victoria Tsai’s book Pure Skin shows […]

How to Practice the Japanese Art of Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) at the Office

Don’t have hours in your day to walk in the woods? Boost your productivity with forest bathing at work.

By now, you’ve probably heard about forest bathing and earthing and all the studies that show how being around trees can help you find health and happiness. Dr. Qing Li is the world’s foremost expert on forest medicine and the author of the new book, Forest Bathing. His groundbreaking studies have demonstrated the many benefits of shirin-yoku. […]

Top 10 Nature Books to Celebrate Earth Day

We’ve gathered our favorite nature books to inspire you this spring. Use them to bring the natural world into your day, your home, and yourself.

For all its beauty, spring is not an easy season. Witnessing the earth coming back to life is wonderful, but the transition from winter to spring is volatile. Springtime reminds us of the sheer force of nature. Buds rip through branches, flowers burst up through cold earth, days of rain and wet snow are followed […]

Create a Home That’s a True Reflection of YOU

Practice the art of authentic, simple living in three easy steps.

Our home can be a sanctuary, a place to rest, to indulge the senses, to get creative. Our home can reflect us—not just our individual style but our values. It can be an outer reflection of our inner self. But how exactly do we bring that to life? Follow these three simple steps inspired by […]

10 Foods That Could Be Making You Sick and Exhausted

Millions of people suffer from candida overgrowth and don’t even know it. Are you one of them?

We’re just now beginning to understand the profound impact microbiomes in our gut have on our physical and mental health. If you’re feeling anxious, depressed, overweight, or tired, chances are an overgrowth of yeast in your digestive tract could be the cause. Do you have candida overgrowth? You can take the full assessment in The […]

You’re Probably Damaging Your Neck Just Reading This

Three easy exercises to help alleviate neck and back pain – all while sitting at your desk.

Did you know your head weighs between 10 and 12 pounds? That’s between three and four bags of flour, all balanced on the delicate bones and tissues in your neck. No wonder so many of us have neck and upper back pain! Here’s another not-so-fun fact: every 15 degrees that you extend your head down […]
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